How Doing One Good Deed Leads to Another...and Another

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway & Hillsborough, NJ


The Winner of the Good Deed Contest, David Hallam Received his 1st Places Prize- A Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet


Mayhler Wahler awards the winner








Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway, NJ awarded David Hallam, of Flemington his prize, a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet for winning the Good Deed Essay Contest. The contest asked local children to write an essay explaining a good deed they did or were doing. The office was flooded with responses of children writing about tutoring others, volunteering, and helping a friend.

Dr. Wishnie, owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists developed the contest to encourage children to do good deeds. “Too often children are only given attention for their actions when they have done something bad, rewarding them for doing something good is much more effective at getting them to continue positive behavior,” explains Dr. Wishnie.

Even David’s essay could attest for that…he wrote how at first he only “did these good deeds” because it was expected from him from family and friends. After he began doing them- helping neighbors during the floods, organizing CROP hunger walks, and more- he began to change. He started wanting to get involved! This fall David will be going to Haiti with an adult mission team to help a community hurting from loss of jobs and food. The difference is now David is excited to be going.  


The essays received were amazing and it was incredible to hear all of the wonderful deeds children are doing to help others. Hopefully more events and contests like this Good Deed essay Contest will encourage children to do more good. Focusing on positive behavior is the best way to encourage anyone- child or adult to continue on doing the positive.